That should be perfect. Although the fight was born from the most damnable matchup in sports history – Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – the UFC 223's fight between Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway is all that one can love about this sport. This is Holloway, the Hawaiian killer in a 1
And the stakes are high. Holloway is the featherweight champion and has the chance to become the second largest UFC champion and who was one of the few ever to win gold in two UFC parts by weight.
This is a fight that is too good six days in advance.
Instead of a series of teleconferences and hypeshows, the meta-drama hovering over Holloway appears to be gaining weight on an 18-hour flight from Hawaii. Holloway manager Brian Butler told Ariel Helwani at MMA Hour that Holloway wanted the fight to be 170 pounds, but the UFC wanted it to be a title fight. It paints a picture of the UFC, desperate for gold behind the name on the tent, which has been undisputed since the purchase of WME-IMG. Every PPV needs a title fight, even though the title is now so watered down that it's a thinned, triple belt. It feels like a title, just a name, an interim interim title.
Butler explained how the fight came together in a typical, exciting and random way that is all too familiar to MMA fans. The call came through and Holloway jumped to it. "He said," Let's go, brother. That's how legends are made.